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Ross M. Jones

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Ross is a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners LLC in Boston. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ross has worked in private equity for over 25 years. He has represented Berkshire Partners’ interests in a number of portfolio companies, including: Advance Drainage Systems, AVW-TELAV, Inc., Bare Escentuals, Carter’s Inc., Melissa & Doug, Thomas Built Buses, Inc., NEW Asurion Corporation, and Tower Development Corporation.

Before joining Berkshire Partners, Ross worked at Bain & Company and in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. Ross is on the Board of Visitors at Park Street Kids and Park Street School.

Sonya van der Meer

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Sonya joined IDF at the end of 2016 as part of the operations team. She loves tackling spreadsheets and various data systems, communicating with grantees to ensure that IDF data is accurate and working with team members to further IDF’s mission by providing strong underlying administrative support.

Sonya earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from Boston University. Before joining Imago Dei Fund, Sonya worked at Park Street School/Park Street Kids as the Assistant Director of Development.

Sonya spends her time outside of IDF volunteering for a myriad of organizations that touch upon the lives of her family.

Jennifer Oakley

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Jennifer joined IDF in 2014 and focuses on advancing the fund’s strategic priorities in New England and Haiti. She works closely with current grantee partners, overseeing and managing the granting process, and explores opportunities for new partnerships, collaborations and networking among non-profit organizations.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Political Science and Classical Piano from the University of New Hampshire, and a J.D. from Syracuse University. Earlier in her career as an attorney, she practiced law at firms in Washington, D.C., Boston and Hong Kong.

Jennifer has a particular interest in promoting educational opportunity, and pursues this interest as a member of the Hestia Fund, while serving on the Board of Advisors at Park Street School and Boston Trinity Academy.

Kristie O’Brien Oberlies

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Kristie joined IDF in early 2016 to support the team technically. She loves to simplify things, to integrate, automate and streamline anything she can.

Kristie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and specializes in systems integration. Prior to IDF, Kristie served as Director of Operations and Technology for non-profit Neighbor Brigade. Before her non-profit work, Kristie worked with a professional services firm, delivering analytical solutions to clients such as EMC, Fidelity and Staples.

She spends much of her free time volunteering in her community, goofing around with her five kids, and enjoying the company of extended family and friends.

Becca Reigel

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Becca joins IDF as the Foundation Administrator. She loves coordinating logistics and optimizing systems to help teams run smoothly and effectively. She is also passionate about creating spaces and events that facilitate connection, learning and growth.

Becca earned a B.S. in English Education from the University of South Florida. Prior to IDF, she worked with The Navigators, The Veritas Forum, and Lazard Asset Management.

In her spare time, Becca loves to workout, hike and travel as much as possible.

Monday, December 10th is International Human Rights Day!

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Today is the International Day of Human Rights and the last day of the 16 days of Activism to End Gender Violence campaign.

The International Day of Human Rights is a celebration of the anniversary of the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this date in history, nations of the world gathered to respond to the massive number of deaths that occurred during the Second World War. Member States agreed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in an effort to address and prevent the oppression, discrimination, and violence that led to the war.

Go here to #STANDUP4HUMANRIGHTS and #ADDYOURVOICE: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

International Human Rights Day is the last day of the 16 days of activism campaign to encourage reflection on women’s rights to safety, health, information, education, and income-generation as a universal human right. Below are some examples of the work that grantee partners are doing to promote women’s rights as human rights as well as a prayer to close our campaign. The prayer is given by Reverend Dominic Misolo, ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya, Executive Director of the Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education, co-founder and board member of Geno Women for Participatory Research and Development, and adjunct lecturer in Theology and Gender Studies at Great University of Kisumu, Bishop Okullu College of Theology.

Prayer for Peace, Justice, Reconciliation & Healing

Prayer for Justice: Loving God, may you show justice to Women and Girls that suffer violence, discrimination, and low self-esteem just because they are born females. Lord Have Mercy

Prayer for Healing: Loving God, may the souls of many Women and Girls that suffer violence in the hands of intimate partners and caregivers to find peace and healing, even the departed souls. Lord have mercy.

Prayer for Leadership: Loving God, may your servants in leadership both in the Church and Society be sensitive to the pain, tears, and deep wounds of survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Lord have mercy

Prayer for Family: Loving God, may your whole truth of mutual love, mutual respect, and mutual submission in marriage be the basis for our shared humanity for happy families.

Prayer for Reconciliation: Loving God, as your children men and women made in your own image, may our daily lives portray your likeness as we reconcile within ourselves and our neighbors. Lord have mercy.

Below are some examples of how our grantee partners are contributing!


Strong Minds

At StrongMinds, we believe mental health is a human right. Using our proven group talk therapy model, we provide life changing treatment for depression. Seventy-five percent of the women who enter our twelve-week program are depression-free by the end. Our goal is to treat two million depressed African women by 2025. Learn more at www.strongminds.org.


Child Helpline Cambodia

At Child Helpline Cambodia, we have 150 T-Shirts with key education message of “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls” distributed to Helpline Ambassadors, who are agents of social change in communities and Local Authorities. We also post the pictures of the T-Shirts on CHC Facebook page to promote the campaign of 16 Days of Activism by appealing to audiences to answer questions of what campaign it is from 25 November till 10 December 2018. The first 20 correct answers are rewarded with a T-Shirts as a motivational gifts/presents.

Our Facebook post related to 16 Days of Activism Campaign #HearMeToo is at https://www.facebook.com/chc1280/posts/2355702217838210


Learn more about the international campaign to defend women defending human rights here: http://www.defendingwomen-defendingrights.org/

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Psalm 24:1